Serena Williams teases tennis return despite split from longtime coach

Serena Williams

Serena Williams gave an update on her return at the Bitcoin 2022 Conference (Image: Marco Bello/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has seemingly shut down all reports that she will be retiring from tennis by teasing that she will be back for Wimbledon this year.

The 40-year-old has not played a game since Wimbledon last year but was expected to be at the Australian Open in January before picking up a hamstring injury.

But in a recent social media video shared with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Williams suggested she would be back for Wimbledon at the end of June.

“I’m here backstage with Aaron Rodgers at a Bitcoin conference in Miami,” Williams said.

“We talked about my comeback and he cheered me up and set me up for Wimbledon. Can not Hardly Wait!’

Rodgers appeared surprised by the Wimbledon revelation, saying: ‘Wimbledon? What about the US Open?’

Williams replied: “Wimbledon is ahead of the US Open! I have to play Wimbledon first!’

It could put to bed reports that the 23-time Grand Slam winner is set to retire, having split earlier today from her longtime trainer Patrick Mouratoglou, who has now linked up with Simona Halep.

Mouratoglou took to Twitter to confirm their split after 10 years together as he missed coaching Williams while she was inactive for the past year.

“Over the past eight months, I’ve realized how much I’ve missed coaching,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “It’s the passion of my life and I still feel like I have so much to give.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou have split (Image: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Simona came to Mouratoglou Academy for a training block ahead of Indian Wells. I stopped by some of her exercises and watched her practice.

“At the end of the week she asked me if I would be available to coach her. I have the greatest respect for her, but that was out of the question at the time.

“A few weeks later I had a conversation with Serena and the door opened for me, at least temporarily, to work with someone else.

“I’ll update you soon on what’s coming next.”

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